The hunger strike in Greece is now on the 25th day. Three hundred sans papiers immigrants are on strike in Athens and Thessaloniki. The majority come from North Africa and have been living and working in Greece for periods of up to 7 years. This is Egypt in Athens and the hunger strikers sans papier are dying.
The following are messages of support form Costas Douzinas and Slavoj Zizek (Directors of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities):
There is an internal and strong link between the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya and elsewhere in North Africa and the struggle of the hunger strikers in Greece. There is not much difference between fighting for democracy and demanding dignity, between striking for basic political rights and striking for basic human recognition. There are no ‘illegal’ people only illegitimate and unjust governments. Every person who lives in Greece should have the same rights as everyone else. This is a common struggle on which our future depends. Costas Douzinas
My full solidarity with you – you are fighting for much more than just your rights. You are fighting for what Europe will become. Those who ignore or oppose you are a real threat to the European legacy of universal emancipation. In our times of nationalist xenophobia, movements like yours offer a hope that emancipation is not a dead word. Slavoj Zizek